The table below looks at the statistics for Security Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 30 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 141 127 128
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +1
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 2 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.061% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.084% 0.15% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
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£300 £368 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% -26.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £55.00
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2384 2041 2029
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.06% 73.79% 66.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1010 1019
Average daily rate £378 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.85% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.13% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 124 96
Average hourly rate £28.13 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

Security Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Security Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -9 2 £300 - 4
Cheshire - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Security Testing
England

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing.

1 11 (57.89%) ISEB
2 9 (47.37%) ISTQB
3 8 (42.11%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (36.84%) Test Scripting
4 7 (36.84%) Oracle Database
4 7 (36.84%) Statistical Analysis
4 7 (36.84%) Release Management
4 7 (36.84%) Performance Testing
4 7 (36.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 7 (36.84%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (36.84%) Penetration Testing
4 7 (36.84%) ISEB Practitioner
4 7 (36.84%) WebLogic Integration
4 7 (36.84%) TIBCO
4 7 (36.84%) HP
4 7 (36.84%) SUSE
4 7 (36.84%) Information Security
4 7 (36.84%) HPUX
4 7 (36.84%) Linux
4 7 (36.84%) FTP
4 7 (36.84%) VB
4 7 (36.84%) Oracle
4 7 (36.84%) SQL Server
4 7 (36.84%) WebLogic
4 7 (36.84%) Apache
4 7 (36.84%) Tomcat
4 7 (36.84%) MS Access
4 7 (36.84%) N-Tier
4 7 (36.84%) SOA
4 7 (36.84%) FoxPro (VFP)

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (36.84%) WebLogic Integration
1 7 (36.84%) WebLogic
1 7 (36.84%) Apache
1 7 (36.84%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (10.53%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (36.84%) FTP
2 3 (15.79%) Firewall
3 2 (10.53%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (36.84%) Oracle Database
1 7 (36.84%) SQL Server
1 7 (36.84%) MS Access
2 2 (10.53%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Selenium
2 3 (15.79%) Metasploit
2 3 (15.79%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (10.53%) TestComplete
4 1 (5.26%) Sahi
4 1 (5.26%) RSpec
4 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
4 1 (5.26%) TestDirector
General
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Banking
3 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (36.84%) Tester
2 5 (26.32%) Non-Functional Tester
2 5 (26.32%) Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Consultant
3 4 (21.05%) Security Consultant
3 4 (21.05%) Information Security Consultant
4 3 (15.79%) Security Specialist
5 2 (10.53%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Technical Specialist
5 2 (10.53%) QA Tester
5 2 (10.53%) QA Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Software Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
5 2 (10.53%) IT Security Specialist
6 1 (5.26%) Information Security Specialist
6 1 (5.26%) Information Specialist
6 1 (5.26%) Automated Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (36.84%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (36.84%) N-Tier
2 6 (31.58%) Open Source
3 2 (10.53%) PKI
4 1 (5.26%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (36.84%) SUSE
1 7 (36.84%) HPUX
1 7 (36.84%) Linux
2 2 (10.53%) Windows
3 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
3 1 (5.26%) Windows Vista
3 1 (5.26%) Windows 2000
3 1 (5.26%) Windows XP
3 1 (5.26%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (36.84%) Test Scripting
1 7 (36.84%) Statistical Analysis
1 7 (36.84%) Release Management
1 7 (36.84%) Performance Testing
1 7 (36.84%) Penetration Testing
1 7 (36.84%) Information Security
1 7 (36.84%) SOA
2 6 (31.58%) Incident Management
3 5 (26.32%) Integration Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Software Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Load Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (15.79%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 2 (10.53%) ITIL
6 2 (10.53%) CRM
6 2 (10.53%) Identity Management
6 2 (10.53%) Scrum
6 2 (10.53%) Risk Management
6 2 (10.53%) TDD
6 2 (10.53%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (36.84%) VB
1 7 (36.84%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 3 (15.79%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 11 (57.89%) ISEB
2 9 (47.37%) ISTQB
3 7 (36.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 7 (36.84%) ISEB Practitioner
4 6 (31.58%) CISSP
5 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (10.53%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (5.26%) WCAG
2 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 17799
Systems Management
1 8 (42.11%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (15.79%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 7 (36.84%) TIBCO
1 7 (36.84%) HP
1 7 (36.84%) Oracle
2 6 (31.58%) McAfee
2 6 (31.58%) Sophos
3 3 (15.79%) IronPort
3 3 (15.79%) Sourcefire
3 3 (15.79%) CheckPoint
4 2 (10.53%) SAP
5 1 (5.26%) Microsoft